With trilogy looming, Kevin Belingon seeks decisive victory

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Belingon’s split decision victory snapped Fernandes’ unopposed reign in the bantamweight division—one that spanned for eight years, the longest in the promotion.Having fought in the circuit for quite some time, the Team Lakay striker knows what exactly needs to be done. “To finish him at any round, I think that’s the best way to do it,” Belingon said. “I think it would be better to not leave the fight’s outcome to the judges.”Such approach has stemmed from a short-lived reign by Joshua Pacio, Belingon’s teammate who was a strawweight champion before a Japanese replacement dethroned him via split decision in January. The fight drew strong opinions from both fighters, fans and even ONE’s top honcho Chatri Sityodtong that eventually led to a rematch in Manila set this April. It’s one of the the things Team Lakay ringmaster Mark Sangio kept on harping about in myriad interviews he has done between then and now: Swift victories. Convincing results. ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTOKYO—The picture of a particular scene in their last fight sums up everything.In it, Kevin Belingon stands with his arms in the air while Bibiano Fernandes is caught mid-shrug, disbelief clearly showing. It was an image frozen from the pair’s meeting last year, and it’s among the driving forces behind enduring plot between the two prolific bantamweights.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipino striker and the Brazilian grappler figure in a bantamweight title clash for the third time in ONE’s massive maiden showpiece this Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.“I don’t think he was convinced with how our previous meeting turned out. He couldn’t accept his defeat,” Belingon, a senior member of the famed Team Lakay, said in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Maybe because his run in our division was so long. Perhaps that’s why he reacted that way,” added Belingon (20-5-0).The two had split their previous two bouts with Fernandes (22-4-0) winning in 2016 and Belingon evening the score last year. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Used to winning in high school, Jennifer Nieva left frustrated as NU continues to fall Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Belingon knows the former champion is “hungrier than ever” and that he will be enjoying a sense of familiarity going into the tussle, having fought in Tokyo before.But he is unfazed.“It doesn’t matter to me wherever we fight,” said Belingon who will be joined by Danny Kingad and skipper Eduard Folayang in the main card. “That has no effect on me, whatsoever. I am keeping my focus.”“From striking to Brazilian Jujitsu, down to wrestling,” he said when asked specifically what he worked on during the camp. “So wherever the fight may go—on the ground or standing up—I’d be able to match him,” Belingon added.“Or dominate him, even.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more